Best moveset for Zacian in Pokemon Go & is it any good?

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Now that the Galar region’s Legendary Zacian has finally returned to Pokemon Go, Trainers will likely be wondering what the best moveset for this powerful Fairy-type Pokemon is.

Zacian was first added to Pokemon Go during the Sword & Shield event in 2021, and it’s making a comeback during the 2022 World Championships event. This means you can once again catch it by taking part in 5-Star Raid Battles.

This powerful Legendary creature is well-known to be one of the best Fairy-types in the mainline Pokemon games, so its return to Pokemon Go is very exciting indeed. Even better, it has a wide variety of very effective moves to choose from.

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Zacian best moveset in Pokemon Go

The moves you teach Zacian really depend on how you intend to use it in Pokemon Go, but if you’re looking to utilize it in PvP battles, then we’d recommend Snarl as a Fast Move and Play Rough as a Charged Move.

Snarl has the best energy generation of all of Zacian’s Fast Moves, meaning it will be able to quickly save up for the only Fairy-type attack in its moveset: the STAB-boosted Charged Move Play Rough.

If you can afford a second Charged Move, we’d recommend going with Close Combat, as this high DPS Fighting-type move will give you wider coverage and a chance to take on Steel-types, which are resistant to Fairy-type moves.

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Shiny Zacian isn’t available in Pokemon Go… yet.

All moves Zacian can learn in Pokemon Go

Zacian is one of the most versatile Legendaries in Go, as it has a total of four Fast Moves and four Charged Moves that can be learned covering a variety of types:

Zacian Fast Moves

  • Metal Claw (Steel)
  • Snarl (Dark)
  • Quick Attack (Normal)
  • Fire Fang (Fire)

Zacian Charged Moves

  • Play Rough (Fairy)
  • Iron Head (Steel)
  • Wild Charge (Electric)
  • Close Combat (Fighting)

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Is Zacian any good in Pokemon Go?

Zacian has cemented its place as one of the all-time best Pokemon for the Master League. As a powerful Fairy-type that can take down Dragons and Steel-types thanks to a great moveset, it’s not hard to see why it’s so effective.

In fact, Zacian has even overtaken Togekiss as the top Fairy-type choice for the Master League, which means it’s definitely worth investing time and resources into. It can also double as a Fairy-type attacker for Raids if you need one.

While it’s already a top-tier choice in the Master League meta, things will really heat up when Zacian’s Crowned Sword form arrives (likely in a future update) as its Fairy/Steel-typing will make it an absolute Dragon-slayer.


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